Kathleen Sebelius has been the facilitator and architect of two livable communities, and she will discuss both of these roles…
In a 2011 report to the acting surgeon general of the United States, now-Acting U.S. Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Adm. Scott Giberson, outlined the challenges to access that are evident in today’s health care system and provided a potential answer to overcoming them.
A 2014 report from Stanford University recently described the “broadly deteriorating poverty and inequality landscape” in the United States, highlighting questions such as what has gone well, why the country hasn’t done better and what the solution is to solve issues of poverty and inequality.
The way Dr. Christine Cassel sees health care, physicians have two fundamental responsibilities: First and foremost, physicians must take care of their patients as best they can. But Cassel also believes physicians need to serve as stewards of society’s resources.
Dr. Richard Gilfillan thinks that basically every health professional has walked a career path paved with good intentions. No one who has stepped up to the podium this week in the Amphitheater, the Hall of Philosophy or anywhere else on the grounds hates the idea of making people healthy.
“No one comes here and says they want to provide fragmented health care at an unreasonable cost,” he said.
Not in his wildest dreams did Richard Gilfillan hope to see the likes of the Affordable Care Act. By addressing issues in the health care insurance marketplace as well as in delivery systems, the Affordable Care Act exceeded the expectations of Gilfillan and many other health care professionals.
In fact, Gilfillan left his position as head of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, where he worked for three years, this past June, citing a curiosity to explore the multitude of opportunities produced by the Affordable Care Act.
It was 1968, and Steven J. Corwin’s grandfather was having a heart attack. At 12 years old, Corwin observed the treatment his 62-year-old grandfather was given — recommended bed rest for six weeks and the advice to “curtail“ his smoking. Two weeks later, his grandfather passed away from a second heart attack.
“That was my inspiration to go into cardiology,” said Corwin, CEO at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Corwin spoke at Tuesday’s morning lecture on Week Nine’s theme of “Health Care: Reform and Innovation.” His lecture focused on the progress being made in medicine today, in technology as well as in cost-controlling measures.
When charting the course of human medical evolution, it becomes evident that progress throughout the past century has been nothing less than remarkable.
About 25,000 years ago, the life expectancy of a human was 25 years, said Harvey Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine and previous provost of Harvard University. By 1900, that number had risen to 48 in the United States, and today, U.S. residents are expected to live until the age of 78.
To tackle an issue as prodigious as the state of health care in America, Chautauqua Institution has committed to a three-year forum in which health care will be explored in great length, beginning this week and continuing in Week Nine of 2014 and again in 2015. Fortunately, the Institution has help in this huge undertaking. The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine will serve as presenting sponsor of the health care forum this week and through 2015, and Independent Health, an insurance provider located in Buffalo, N.Y., will be this week’s supporting sponsor.
Harvey Fineberg thinks the Affordable Care Act is a significant step in the right direction of health care reform, but he feels it doesn’t do enough to address the need for better care at an affordable cost.
Fineberg serves as president of the Institute of Medicine, an independent organization that provides unbiased advice on issues in biomedical science, medicine and health. He will speak at today’s 10:45 a.m. morning lecture in the Amphitheater on three issues he feels the United States must address to create a “culture of health.”